Category Archives: Ann Arbor
There once was a meal we all tend to skip,
But alas, tomorrow, sweet syrup you’ll sip
So make your way all downtown
And wear a Dingellized crown
For the College Dems Pancake Breakfast will sure be a trip.
Join the College Democrats for the 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast with special guests Congressman John Dingell and Debbie Dingell THIS SATURDAY from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Arbor Brewing Company.Â Tickets are available for purchase HERE.
For more information about the event, read the press release after the jump.Â We hope to see you there! (more…)
The Ann Arbor News will ceaseÂ operationsÂ as a daily newspaper after over 170 years. The new organization rising from its ashes will be called “AnnArbor.com” The new website will produce a bi-weekly print edition but will focus mostly on online content.Â The staff found out at 9am about the change. They were told they could apply for positions at the new company, but that job losses would be inevitable. The newspaper’s publisher cited large losses over the past year as one of the main reasons for the decision.
This announcement comes a few months after the Detroit Free Press announced scaled back print operations with enhanced online content.
The death of the newspaper as we know it is near.
Now only if the Daily would follow… j/k. Where else would I get my daily crossword?
CNN.com has more…
The following are opinions of the author and in no way whatsoever reflect the views of the University of Michigan, The College Democrats at the University of Michigan, The University of Michigan College Democrats, the U of M Dems, www.umichdems.com, www.umichdems.com/blog or Robert Downey Jr.
1. Apparently a lecture sponsored by SAFE at the Rackham auditorium last evening got pretty heated. The Daily asserts that Norman Finkelstein, the professor speaking, strayed from his topic and gave a biased opinion of the conflict in Gaza. You mean a professor got off topic and gave his own personal view of a subject? Well, I never!
2. MSA is trying to beat up on RHA to get Saturday night dinner in the dorms – because if anybody knows what it’s like to sit sad, lonely and hungry in a dormitory on a Saturday evening, it’s the student government kids. Also, I’d like to point out that the Daily refers to the buildings as “Dorms” when I can say, from personal experience, housing isn’t to keen on you when it’s referred to as anything other than a Residence Hall. (I feel the breathe of the Evil overlord breathing down my neck.)
3. The Board of Regents will be considering three new on campus constructions projects for 2009 including a renovation of the East Quad auditorium – as if them dang hippie kids didn’t already have a sweet enough deal getting on central Freshman year. Whipper snappers.
Above, UM Dems rally in solidarity with GEO. Below, Patrick (of GEO) writes a love letter oversimplified editorial to the UM College Democrats and Campus.
On page 34B of the farce masquerading as her higher education budget proposal, Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed a 3-percent budget cut to state universities.
In the next paragraph, playing the worldâ€™s smallest violin, she beseeched colleges to freeze their tuition rates in light of â€œdifficult economic timesâ€ for students and families.
Apparently Granholmâ€™s bargain for universities is â€œDonâ€™t raise tuition and, in exchange, weâ€™ll cut your aid.â€ I suppose she also expects universities to maintain their quality of instruction and research, too.
Governor, I want a unicorn, but that doesnâ€™t mean I can get one.
Aside from state officialsâ€™ impossible dreams, historical analysis shows something more pernicious at work. Instead of making reasonable appropriations to support higher education, Michigan has quietly shifted the cost of higher education from the state to students.
Using data from the University of Michiganâ€™s Office of Budget, I calculated the percentages of the University systemâ€™s general fund revenues provided by state funding and tuition since the turn of the century. In 2001-02, tuition dollars made up 54 percent of general fund revenues. This school year, they make up 64 percent. In contrast, the stateâ€™s contribution to the University has slipped from 34 percent to 24 percent. These trends do not reflect runaway spending increases at the University; they reflect reductions in Lansingâ€™s contribution.
Adjusting funding totals for inflation with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics makes the picture bleaker. To put it in starker terms, the governor has proposed $362.1 million in funding to the University system in 2009-10. If state funding kept up with inflation, the system would get $511.3 million. Undergraduates and their families will have to pay higher tuition to bridge that $149.2 million gap.
No matter how the numbers get sliced, they demonstrate the wholesale gutting of higher education funding during the last decade. The state of Michigan has abdicated its responsibility to make a good college education accessible to all residents who have the talent for it.
In calling for a tuition freeze, Granholm cynically hopes to shift responsibility and outrage for the stateâ€™s own shortcomings to state universities to raise tuition.
But the numbers donâ€™t lie. Politicians do â€” and weâ€™re paying for it.
Disclaimer: Please do not be offended.
1. Michigan has not beaten – or “outhustled*” according to the Daily’s great use of 70′s pimp lingo – State in an epic basketball game. Good thing when I heard everyone discussing this yesterday I assumed we were talking about hockey. There is a pretty stellar photograph of a dude flying in the air trying to get the ball in the hoop, but he’s about to be Chris Browned from behind… too soon?
2. Apparently the Greek system is fearing for a decrease in rush numbers due to the, er, faltering economy. Because if any organization on campus is known for frugality and monetary responsibility extending beyond B-School admissions, it’s most certainly students within the Panhellenic Association. (more…)
*If I offend anyone it’s totally not my fault*
1. Happy Signing Day! We finally got new recruits for football! Maybe Michigan will be a football school again! I have a problem with the fact that Michigan was always a big football school and the year I come here the basketball team is better. I mean, really? Maybe the new freshies will let my family throw Rose Bowl Parties again.
2. Apparently the number of student volunteers is up since Obamaâ€™s call for service. I never knew so many people wanted to uproot invasive plant species.
3. President Obama placed a cap on the salaries of corporations that received bailout money. Not that itâ€™s in time to help the Big 3â€™s appearance. If theyâ€™d had the meager salary of $500,000 a few weeks ago when they went to meet President Bush, they might have been forced to jet-pool and all of them show up on the same airplane rather than each of the CEOs flying their own private jet. It would have made them look like they cared about their companies’ financial situations more.
4. Obama is fighting the stimulus critics. Why are there critics in the first place? Who doesnâ€™t want to be stimulated? (sorryâ€¦)
5. A letter to the editor was about the need for cheap near-campus housing. Itâ€™s called dorms. Dorms are even better â€“ theyâ€™re on campus.
6. Michigan football is mostly recruiting out of Florida now. Michigan is a GREAT school, but Kentucky to Michigan was a hard cold-weather transition. But Florida? Do they even know how to walk in snow? Much less driveâ€¦ a football?
7. The Sudoku was ridiculously hard today. Thought I should share.
8. B-Side listed the 15 top movies of 2008. Iâ€™ve seen 2 of them. While I have ever intention of seeing most of the rest on that list, none of them will beat Wall-E. Wall-E should have been number one, especially since it encompasses all of the Democratic values of waste management, saving the environment, and the knowledge of never letting a mindless robot control the government.
9. The art of home brewing. The B-Side recognized it as art! I didnâ€™t realize Northerners were aware of this fact! I had no idea I could get some good Southern moonshine up here!
10. In the interview with the English lecturer nobody knows where he lists off five awesome alien-themed worksâ€¦ is it really sad that Iâ€™ve never seen any of the movies or TV shows he referenced, but I have read â€œTlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertiusâ€ by Jorge Luis Borges? I feel that maybe the priorities in my life are slightly out of orderâ€¦
Have a Happy Signing Day!
Disclaimer: I, Rebecca Egler, wrote this.
1. There is an article discussing the man who manages the bulk of the Unversity’s endowment which includes a picture strikingly similar to that of the video game the dude plays in the movie The Princess Bride. Named Erik Lundberg, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, was born in Norway and resides in an office located away from main campus. So, let me get this straight, we trust an obscenely large amount of money in the hands of a man a substantial distance away from the school, who has no seemingly emotional ties to the school and is a graduate of a rival University? Gotcha.
2. Apparently an increasing number of Professors are relying on blogs to engage their students – get behind us, suckers! Welcome to the year 2005, people. The article goes on to interview J. Cole about his blog, which is not actually a blog but a daily word vomit explosion of encyclopedic length, knowledge and analysis, and although it’s on my google reader, I know I’ll never understand it. Me want to look smart – it’s there to counter balance jems such as “FU Penguin” and the official Star Wars blog. What, I did not just openly admit to that… (more…)
The Daily is never less than cutting edge
And perhaps this piece will further that wedge -
A tall, leaving, unknown man
Orange shirted, cardboard box in hand
Entered an unlocked house – media honor pledge!
This was perhaps one of the most horribly composed rhymes I’ve ever accomplished… but I’m obsessed with this story in the Daily.